This blog seeks to help the parents of children who are slower to train than usual realize they are not alone. It provides some information, stories, and coping tactics for parents waiting for things to ‘click’ for their child and encourages new and different ways of thinking about the process that will help increase patience.
If any of the following apply to you, you are at the right place:
“I am so angry over potty training!”
“I am so DONE with potty training…how much longer is this going to take?”
“Potty training my child is going nowhere…and I’m about to lose it.”
“I am feeling so angry I am about to explode, and it scares me.”
“Potty training is taking too long…I really can’t take this much longer.”
Potty training can be a cinch and happen overnight for some children and their fortunate parents. On the flip side, it can be a long and grueling marathon that runs down the most patient and understanding of parents, and it can turn otherwise-agreeable children into belligerent pillars of uncooperativeness. For most families, the process of potty training falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.
For the lucky parents whose potty training efforts seems almost effortless, resorting to the internet or a book is not really necessary. For the parents who struggle for months or even years with a child resistant to potty train, I speak from experience that there is a lack of support and reading materials to help them through the long and winding road of extended potty training.
I created this website because I felt so alone and lost as the process of potty training my first child was extremely lengthy. It left me feeling intense and frightening emotions that I had never felt before, like extreme frustration, anger, and rage. No parent should have to go through such a journey alone and without anywhere to look for understanding, knowledge, or words of wisdom. My hope for this blog is that it reaches all of the parents and caregivers out there who are ‘on the edge’ and just don’t know how they will survive one more day of potty training a reluctant child. I hope for you that you find support and information, and that you leave this site feeling encouraged and not so alone.
Potty training is hard. Extended potty training, when the process of training lasts far longer than what is typical, is exponentially harder. You will get through it, so hang in there and read on….